Cannon Beach artist Peter Greaver is this year’s winner of the Individual Artist Grant presented by the Cannon Beach Arts Association.

In his project, Greaver will explore the concept that nature contains unseen and magical forces. He will create a series of “fairy cottages,” using a variety of materials and found objects.

Greaver’s fairy cottages will be featured next January.

The Cannon Beach Art Association, in conjunction with the city of Cannon Beach provides an annual $3,000 grant to an artist in the community. The grant provides the artist the opportunity to further pursue and explore their creative vision.

The deadline for applying for the 2015 grant is Oct. 1, and applications are available on the website, www.cannonbeacharts.org.

Fiber artist Jessica Sund received last year’s grant. Her collection, titled “Coats, Capes and Vests: An Exploration of ‘Do-it-Yourself’ through Fiber Arts,” included five wearable art pieces that used a range of textiles and fibers, with embellished techniques of historical clothing components.

Other past recipients include Jon Broderick, whose “Fisher Poet’s Anthology” evolved into the annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria. In a nod to its roots, the gathering still concludes the weekend with a reading at The Cannon Beach Gallery. Other projects have been varied, according to the artist’s vision. They have included self-published books, such as the “Colors of Cannon Beach,” by Grant Wood and “Comin’ Over the Rock,” by Peter Lindsey.

“We are exceedingly grateful to the city, volunteers and Cannon Beach Arts Association for making this commitment to the arts in our community,” said Susie Simon, an arts association board member who oversees the grant program. “It enables an artist to create an innovative body of work over the time frame of one year.

“The Cannon Beach Arts Association has been the threshold for many professional careers in the arts,” Simon said. “The Individual Artist Grant is truly a time for celebration.”

Since 1986, the Cannon Beach Arts Association has provided programs and opportunities to support the arts in Cannon Beach and the surrounding community. The association is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization run almost entirely by volunteers. Its programs are financed through members’ contributions and grants from business, foundations and government agencies.

For more information, contact the Cannon Beach Arts Association at 503 436-0744, or P.O. Box 684, Cannon Beach, OR 97110; Email:cannonbeacharts@gmail.com ,Web: www.cannonbeacharts.org.

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